Afghan Institute of Learning

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) works to empower all Afghans who are needy, especially women and children, providing them the knowledge and skills to care for themselves. AIL is expanding access to quality education and healthcare through community based programming, enabling communities to develop the capacity of their people. The goal is to create a foundation of quality education and health systems throughout Afghanistan which meet the needs of local people now and in the future. AIL was founded by an Afghan woman and is run by women, reaching thousands each year through health facilities, educational centers and training programs.
Aug 2, 2010

Summer Update 2010

The Afghanistan Institute of Learning provides health services through its six health clinics in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Education about health topics are also offered at these clinics as well as through the Community Health Worker programs. In the first six months in 2010, AIL treated 101,821 patients and gave health education to 104,906 individuals.

At a recent Reproductive Health workshop, one woman shared the following: “All of the time my babies were premature and I didn’t take care about proper eating of food and vegetables and family planning. When I came here I learned how to take care of my babies. I believe AIL is like an experienced mother in our society who is here to get more information to the women of Afghanistan.”

Another participant said “In the period of Taliban we hadn’t have any clinic or any hospital in my village. All the pregnant women delivered their babies in their houses. This process was very dangerous for the women. Right now, we have a clinic in my district all the women. Women go to that clinic and solve their pregnancy problems. My thanks to AIL that support the clinic in my village.”

Aug 2, 2010

Summer Update 2010

The Afghan Institute of Learning regularly holds education workshops and seminars for Afghan teachers to upgrade their training and teaching skills. In the first half of 2010, AIL trained 704 teachers in pedagogy, health and leadership skills.

At a pre-school training seminar held April in Kabul, one teacher said “I have enough work experience in Kindergarten, but I didn’t use these methods and materials which makes the lessons interesting. Lots of materials were available and I didn’t know how to present the lessons in a convenient way to the students. Now I know how to use the lesson materials with the help of this Seminar.”

Another participant said “It has been long time since I worked with a Kindergarten class. I wasn’t acquainted with the new teaching techniques, methods of using lesson materials and organized lesson plans. Now I’ve learned all kinds of better teaching techniques and i will apply them.”

Aug 2, 2010

Summer Update 2010

Health education is critical for the health of a mother and baby before, during and after a birth. Afghanistan has one of the world’s highest infant and mother mortality rates. AIL is passionate about giving women the information they need to increase their chances of a successful birth.

In 2010 through June, AIL taught 13 Health and Reproductive Health workshops to 413 women.

At a recent Reproductive Health workshop, one woman shared the following: “All of the time my babies were premature and I didn’t take care about proper eating of food and vegetables and family planning. When I came here I learned how to take care of my babies. I believe AIL is like an experienced mother in our society who is here to get more information to the women of Afghanistan.”

Another participant said “In the period of Taliban we hadn’t have any clinic or any hospital in my village. All the pregnant women delivered their babies in their houses. This process was very dangerous for the women. Right now, we have a clinic in my district all the women. Women go to that clinic and solve their pregnancy problems. My thanks to AIL that support the clinic in my village.”

Most Afghan women deliver their babies at home. AIL has been encouraging women to come to clinics and hospitals when they can to deliver their babies. In the first six months of 2010, 163 babies have been successfully delivered in AIL clinics.

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